Vital Conversations

Vital Conversations convincingly shows how essential good communication between physicians and patients is to excellent medical care. Exploring the socioeconomic, spiritual, and cultural factors that cause important information to get lost in translation, Vital Conversations is richly illustrated with the personal stories of a doctor who has worked in four different countries. Vital Conversations concludes with prescriptive advice for patients and physicians to guide both in building the communications skills necessary for better-quality, less expensive care that is also more satisfying for all involved.

What Others Are Saying

I applaud Dennis Rosen, MD, for bringing attention to an important aspect of medicine in our modern world. Thorough and robust, his stories are engaging, true gems of health literacy and the appreciation of cultural influences. These and other aspects make Vital Conversations an excellent source of ideas on how to enhance treatment. –Joseph Shrand, MD, Harvard Medical School, author of Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing our Most Dangerous Emotion

At a time when there has been marked degradation of physician-patient communication, Dennis Rosen, MD, takes us back to the basics: the need for ways to foster an exquisite and intimate connection. He clearly understands what doctors should do to raise the bar, and it is fully captured in Vital Conversations. –Eric J. Topol, MD, Scripps Research Institute, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

Timely…. Full of personal anecdotes, selected research [and] reader-friendly…Rosen’s book should be read by physicians and students of medicine and nursing, as well as laymen interested in our medical system. –Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, The Jerusalem Post  >>READ FULL REVIEW HERE

Latest Events/News

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Launch Party for Vital Conversations

Upcoming Events

  • January 19th, 2015: Talks at Ben Gurion University School of Medicine and Be’er Sheva Medical School for International Health, Be’er Sheva, Israel (details TBA)
  • January 21st, 2015: Talk at the 4th International Conference on Pediatric Chronic Diseases, Disability, and Human Development, Jerusalem Israel. Distinguishing between Disease, Illness, and Sickness is Essential to Providing Comprehensive Care.
  • January 27th, 2015, 6:30 PM: Talk and reading at Boston Public Library, Fields Corner Branch, 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Boston
  • February 17th, 2015, 8-9 AM: Grand Rounds at Massachusetts General Hospital about physician-patient communication
  • February 17th, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM: Talk at Boston College: Narrative and the importance of good interpersonal communication in clinical medicine (details TBA)
  • February 18th, 2015, 7-8 AM: Surgical and Anesthesia Grand Rounds about physician-patient communication, Folkman Auditorium, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • March 6th 2015. Grand RoundsBridging cross-cultural chasms to promote better health outcomes; and noon lecture for residents and fellows and faculty: Health illiteracy as a barrier to good health outcomes. Miami Children’s Hospital
  • March 25th, 2015, 12-1 PM: Reading and lecture (Vital Conversations) in the Minot Room, Francis A. Countway Medical Library (5th floor), 10 Shattuck Street, Boston
  • April 14th, 7 PM: Getting the Most out of Your Doctors’ Visits. Brookline Public Library
  • April 29th, 6:30-8 PM: Reading and lecture (Vital Conversations), Good Shepherd, Newton Free Library

Find out about other events here

In the Media

  • January 10th 2015: Review of Vital Conversations in The Lancet
  • November 15th 2014 4:00-4:30 PM: Radio interview with  Patricia Raskin on WPRO Greenwich, RI 630 AM and 99.7 FM
  • November 5th 2014, 6:30-7 PM: Radio interview with Dr. Asha Bhoomkar for Health Issues Today, WRFG, Atlanta GA
  • Sept 29th, 2014: Interview about Vital Conversations with Columbia University Press blog
  • Sept 18th, 2014Vital Conversations featured in the Massachusetts Jewish Journal 
  • Sept 10th, 2014, 11:35 ET Radio interview with Lynn Ware Peek, KPCW, Park City, Utah